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Nephew announces rejected patent request

23rd February 2009

Smith & Nephew has announced that a number of patent requests for Kinetic Concepts’ (KCI) negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) have been rejected.

The global medical technology firm called for the treatments to be re-examined and three of them failed, being found to be unable to be approved for their original rights.

KCI now has two months to respond to this ruling and Smith & Nephew will be able to reply to this reaction before the final decision is made on whether or not the products can be copywrited.

Robin Carlstein, senior vice-president of advanced wound devices at Smith & Nephew, commented: “A positive final outcome in these re-examinations would clear the legal path for Smith & Nephew to continue providing wound care professionals with options for NPWT.”

He concluded the company is pleased with the findings so far and he looks forward to the resolution.

Established over 150 years ago, Smith & Nephew develops advanced medical devices for healthcare professionals worldwide, aiming to help them provide effective treatment more quickly and economically.

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